Sébastien Jean at Chéri

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Today (June 6, 2014) from 6:00 to 8:00pm, is the opening for artist Sébastien Jean’s solo exhibition at the restaurant, Chéri. The restaurant is located a 231 Lennox Avenue, between 121st and 122nd Streets in Harlem, New York. 

Sébastien Jean was born on 17 March 1980 in Thomassin, Haiti. Encouraged by his mother, the artist and sculptor began to draw and paint at age 13 on shoots of bamboo. In 2004, Jean abandoned his folk method to begin working on canvas, and developed an original technique that involves burning the materials, giving his work a unique phantasmagoric quality. His dynamic, totemic sculptures—which form a substantial part of his oeuvre—are made from the found-objects that litter the hillsides and alleyways of the Haitian landscape. The colorful masks and decorations from Haitian carnaval have nourished Jean’s taste for the fantastic. Driven by seemingly relentless energy and a bold imagination, Jean has developed a unique cosmology replete with strange beasts and haunting, human-like figures. His universe is populated by monsters, birds of prey, and wandering spirits, presenting a ghostly vision of a tormented world. (Description from https://paddle8.com/work/sebastian-jean/31691-untitled-no-6.)

For more information, see http://www.cheriharlem.com/

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